Sarah Hibberd has been awarded £130,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to work on a project entitled ‘French Opera and the Revolutionary Sublime’. The project will result in a substantial monograph, a series of four one-day workshops involving international scholars and postgraduate students, and several high-profile conference presentations.
Sarah’s project takes as its point of departure the spectacular staging effects of French opera between 1790 and the 1850s, evoking natural or man-made disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and exploding palaces. These ‘sublime’ moments act as metaphors for the unrepresentable nature of the revolutionary crises experienced in France during this period. Sarah’s research aims to offer new insights into the staging practices in French grand opera, and to analyse the impact of the French revolution on nineteenth-century opera in France and beyond.
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